About the Award
The Global Ties U.S. Citizen Diplomat Award honors individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in furthering the cause of international understanding and global engagement. Nominees are motivated by a deep understanding of world issues and committed to the exchange of persons and ideas.
Awardees are selected from a broad range of fields, including the arts, culture, government service, science, media, business, and education. The award is presented at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting and accompanied by an acceptance speech to an audience of nearly 1,000.
Who can submit a nomination?
Any current or former staff member associated with a Community-Based Member, National Program agency, the U.S. Department of State, as well as Interpreters and Liaisons working on IVLP projects is welcome to submit a nomination for the Citizen Diplomat Award.
Awardees By Year
Dave Fortier, Founder, One World Strong Foundation
Serve2Unite – Arno Michaelis & Pardeep Singh Kaleka
Mohamed Amin Ahmed, Founder, Average Mohamed
Clifton L. Taulbert, CEO, The Freemount Corporation
Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea
Richard C. Morais, Author, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Dr. Aaron Shirley, Founder of the HealthConnect program in Jackson, Mississippi, Chairman of the Board for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, and co-founder of the Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center
Rick Steves, Author and Founder, “Europe Through the Back Door”
Garth Fagan, President, Garth Fagan Dance
Keith Reinhard, President, Business for Diplomatic Action, and Chairman Emeritus, DDB Worldwide
Richard Stanley, Founder and CEO of the Stanley Foundation
Maya Angelou, internationally-acclaimed Poet and Activist
The Honorable John Richardson, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Director of Education and Training at the U.S. Institute for Peace
Senator J. William Fulbright